The school year is almost done. A few more weeks to go and we should be concluding another school year. This school year has been a tough one for me. When I first began homeschooling 4 years ago, I thought that homeschooling would be easier as the years roll along but I learned recently that it is not so. I’m sharing with you 4 characters lessons I’ve learned through homeschooling the past 4 years.
1. PERSEVERANCE. Because homeschooling is a lifestyle, learning takes more time. Learning is not only confined to completing the workbook or finishing the assigned books. As you get to know your child more over the years, you realize how your child learns best. You provide these avenues where they can understand and appreciate the significance of what they are learning. Thus, it takes more of your time as you research about the best ways to teach your child. You look for educational opportunities outside of your house and plan for that field trip. You teach practical life lessons and pray that your child will grow in wisdom and in stature as the years go by. You assign projects where they practice what they learn. Homeschooling entails hardwork, year after year. It doesn’t get easier.
2. FLEXIBILITY. What worked yesterday, may not work today. Your routine last month may not work this month because life’s interruptions can bring changes to your daily routine. Homeschooling thrives in flexibility and as the parent teacher, you need to learn to be flexible and adaptable. Your kids are growing and they change as they enter different life stages, your relationship will work best if you embrace the changes and grow alongside with your kids.
3. HUMILITY. Be teachable and humble, always. It might be humbling to admit that there are areas in Math or Grammar that you might not be familiar with, but admiting our weaknesses and letting our children know that we don’t know it all is part of the learning process. As they see us handle things that we don’t know, they learn to respond the same way. Does your child give up easily? Are they frustrated or pressured? We need to constantly check our own attitudes. As we homeschool our kids, we need to remain teachable and humble too.
4. WISDOM. You can’t do it all. We want the best for our children and often we will feel limited with what we give them, but we must remember GIVING THEM THE BEST DOESN’T NECESSARILY MEAN GIVING THEM EVERYTHING. We must remember that our children don’t need ALL the extracurricular activities, trips or activities out there. Recall the primary reason why you are homeschooling your children, and then choose activities based on your mission and your child’s interest. Engage in a few but meaningful activities. Don’t fret over what you don’t do. Accept that you can only do as much in a limited time and believe that God will give you the wisdom in choosing what is best for your child.
At the end of the day, homeschooling my kids is a privilege that God has blessed me. I know that it is not about my abilities, or my chidlren’s. I know the reason why we are able to accomplish anything with our homeschooling is all by His grace alone.